Connecting the Docs – Linking the Medical and Dental Delivery Systems for Improved Oral Health
The Santa Fe Group convened a panel discussion at the 2011 National Oral Health Conference in Pittsburg on the need for linking medical and dental delivery systems to improve patient care, particularly in identifying oral diseases in children under age three. The panel presented three case studies, including the Washington State “Well Baby” program, Maine’s Early Childhood Oral Health Initiative, and North Carolina’s Into The Mouth of Babes program.
These programs serve as examples of new models for the integration of oral health and medical care. Using these case studies, participants discussed the coordination between medical and dental professionals in the delivery of primary care to young children, identified successes and challenges associated with this program, and reviewed program outcomes and training requirements.
Laura Smith, MPA, President, Washington Dental Service Foundation Seattle, WA
Susan Cote, RDH, MS, Program Manager, MaineHealth, Portland, ME
Gary Rozier, DDS, MPH, Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC